We need the fans to be our 12th man, says Tomi Juric

Tehran Times - - SPORTS -

Aus­tralia striker Tomi Juric is bank­ing on home com­forts in the de­ci­sive sec­ond leg of their FIFA World Cup 2018 Rus­sia In­ter­con­ti­nen­tal Play-off af­ter the Soc­ceroos were held to a goal­less draw in Hon­duras on Fri­day.

Ahead of the first leg in San Pe­dro Sula, the word from coach Ange Postecoglou was of a tough test in chal­leng­ing con­di­tions Soc­ceroos’ Ex­pe­ri­ence Will Ne­gate Hos­tile Hon­duras Crowd, Says Postecoglou against a team that would be dif­fi­cult at home.

How­ever, it was Aus­tralia who bossed pro­ceed­ings, dom­i­nat­ing pos­ses­sion and cre­at­ing the ma­jor­ity of the goal-scor­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties, with Juric him­self hav­ing sev­eral chances to break the dead­lock.

“With­out a doubt we’re dis­ap­pointed,” said the FC Luzern for­ward. “I think we had a few op­por­tu­ni­ties tonight we didn’t put away and would’ve made the game a whole lot dif­fer­ent.”

“It would’ve put it in our favour, but foot­ball is one of those games where any­thing can hap­pen on the day.

“If you play with a lot of pas­sion, and these guys have that, any­thing can hap­pen. So we’ve got to take the next game very se­ri­ously and get the job done at home.”

To do so, Juric in­sisted, the Soc­ceroos will need all the help they can get from their sup­port­ers at Sta­dium Aus­tralia on Wed­nes­day.

“With­out a doubt we need them as a 12th man, it would be great if we could get a full house,” he added.

“The at­mos­phere in Hon­duras was great, at times it was hard to com­mu­ni­cate with each other due to the crowd noise, which at times you don’t get at home, so I hope when we come to Syd­ney we’ll have some­thing sim­i­lar.

“Some­thing like the noise and at­mos­phere at the AFC Asian Cup be­cause this is a very big oc­ca­sion, and I would be very dis­ap­pointed if the fans missed out on us go­ing to Rus­sia.”

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